Quotation by Frances Burney

There, burying each gloomy thought, each sad reflection in the hearse of dissipation, [we] lost the remembrance of our woes, our cruel misfortunes, our agonising sorrows—and graciously permitted them to glide along the stream of reviving comfort, blown by the gentle gale of new born hopes till they reposed in the bosom of oblivion—then—no! 'tis impossible! this style is too great, too sublime to be supported with proper dignity—the sublime and beautiful how charmingly blended!
Frances Burney (1752–1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 4, journal entry, May 30, 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).

Burney parodies the sublime style.
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